M edwAY VA LLe Y R A I L T r A I L s

With links to William the Conqueror’s half brother Odo, St Mary the Virgin church at Nettlestead is renowned for its 15th century stained glass windows.

Distance: 1.8 miles / 3km. Can be extended for
another 2.9 miles / 4.7km via the Teston River Walk.


 Exit the churchyard. Cross the road then turn right and walk along the pavement. Cross over Gibbs Hill and after approximately 25 metres the footpath on the left leads you away from the road so you walk between hedgerows with houses on your right hand side.  Continue straight on. Eventually through metal
railings the path comes out among the houses. Turn immediately left between more metal railings and walk slightly uphill and on through the fields. Enjoy the stunning views to your right down over the Medway Valley.

Time: 1 hour approximately (2 hours with extension). Terrain: These paths can become very muddy. Two
train line crossings. Four stiles through the orchards and some gates.

River &

Start/end point: Wateringbury train station. OS Explorer Map: 148.

A 1.8 mile / 3km circular walk (with optional 2.9 mile / 4.7km extension) from Wateringbury train station through the delightful countryside of Nettlestead.


 Approximately 50 metres before reaching a house you’ll see a footpath to your right which leads you down through a field. At the bottom of the field turn right and walk towards the houses. The footpath becomes the pavement beside the road again. Turn left and follow the pavement for about 500 metres.  At the bend across the road you’ll see Wateringbury train station. You can finish your walk here perhaps with a beverage in the neighbouring Railway Public House. Alternatively you can continue along the riverside path with the river on your right hand side, past Bow Bridge Marina and towards Teston following the Teston River Walk.

River in snow (George Pearson)
20560/BS Print managed by County Print & Design ( 01622 605368

Valley of Visions and the Kent Community Rail Partnership gratefully acknowledge funding or other assistance received for this project from the Heritage Lottery Fund, ACORP, Network Rail, Department for Transport, Interreg IVa, Kent County Council Members Local Engagement and Highways fund grants, the Halling Association, Southeastern, Explore Kent and the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership. This walk is endorsed by Explore Kent.

Photo credits cover: St Mary the Virgin Church (Medway Valley Countryside Partnership – MVCP) Mist and Moorings (George Pearson), Kingfisher (Andy Vidler www.andyvidler.co.uk) Produced March 2011

Valley of Visions & the Kent Community Rail Partnership

This was a hard job as fences went right down to the river edge in places and the hufflers had to clamber over them to continue along their route. Start / Finish y u w q  Begin walking along the River Medway path with the river on your left. The name Wateringbury is thought to derive from the [Saxon] word ‘Wotringberia’ meaning ‘a low and watery site’ and indeed the industry in the village established due to its location along the main River Medway. peer through the trees at the river and keep your eyes peeled for a kingfisher or if you’re really lucky an otter. The yew has the ability to form new trunks and growth from old branches and so it was held as sacred by Druids in pre-Christian times as a symbol of death and resurrection. All rights reserved 100019238 2010 . the gardens have been redeveloped and extended and garden walks are available. this is another symbol of death and this connection has linked the trees to churchyards in Christian times too. t r 0 Kilometres Miles 0.5 This map is reproduced from Ordnance Survey material with the permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office © Crown Copyright. It’s a relatively short walk but can be extended by linking to the Teston River Walk which is an additional 2. Wateringbury stream also flows into the Medway just above Bow Bridge and this stream once powered several water mills. Otter numbers are thankfully increasing in this area and they have been spotted in the River Medway along this stretch. Since many parts of the tree including its berries are poisonous. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown copyright.5 e 1 0. A brewery was established here in 1820 where Jude Handbury and Co later blended whisky in 1860. Pulling a barge from Maidstone to Yalding. Yew berries (Andy Vidler) Orchard (MVCP) Boats (MVCP)  Turn left out of the station and immediately left again to cross the train tracks and you’ll be beside the River Medway. Nettlestead Place was mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086). Take this path carefully crossing the railway line and follow the fence.9 miles / 4. While strolling along. At the end of the moored boats the path enters and meanders through riverside trees. Since 1988. It was refurbished and enlarged in 1921/22. You’ll see Nettlestead Place on your left hand side. With Bow Bridge in front of you turn right and take the lower path by the river.  After walking for about 10 minutes you’ll see a footpath on your right hand side. Continue along the path through the trees for about 1km. Ancient yew trees are still found within many churchyards today. Continuing straight on following the path past some impressive old yew trees and into the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin in Nettlestead. would take an entire day and a huffler was usually paid one pound for a days labour! Hufflers were used until the 1880s even though towpaths for horses were introduced in the 1830s.7km. Men known as hufflers were used in this location to pull barges along the Medway. a distance of around 8 miles.This short walk goes along the banks of the River Medway and through the delightful surrounding countryside of Nettlestead.